Tag Archive: gentle parenting

Spanking: A Child’s Perspective

We were on vacation, walking along the pier, and I’m not quite sure how we landed on the topic but there we were; my 6 year old daughter and I, hand in hand, talking about spanking. She may have seen a mother swat a toddler’s bottom. I’m not sure. She didn’t say. But she asked……

You don’t need a costume to be a superhero

Dear Parents, Your child thinks the world of you. Yes, you. You are it. The best. The funniest. The smartest. A real life hero. Sure you may not feel exactly like the superhero type when you’re hustling everyone out the door during the morning rush. Do superheroes really have to say everything at least 10…

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3 reasons to NOT shame your teen on Facebook

It’s a disturbing trend and one I’ve seen take off in the past year…parents taking to the Internet to embarrass and shame their children for certain missteps and transgressions. From kids standing on street corners holding large signs spilling the truth about ways they have wronged their parents to Facebook posts and/or pictures of kids…

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It’s a good thing you’re not perfect! Guest post by Dr. Laura Markham

**I can’t tell you how honored and excited I am to have Dr. Laura Markham from Aha! Parenting here today with this wonderful, insightful, and encouraging guest post. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while now and regularly read her words of wisdom and advice when it comes to this roller coaster that…

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The secret hideout or Why you should stay close when your child has a meltdown

I don’t know what it is these days, but come 4:30/5:00 meltdowns seem just another part of our busy day. This particular day wasn’t any different. Except it was. Perhaps it was the much needed Thanksgiving break. Whatever it was, I was seeing/hearing/feeling much more clearly. So here we are, 4:30 on the nose, plopping…

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Parenting and the power of forgiveness

She fell asleep before we could exchange our apologies. The sun was already setting on our long, hectic day and dinner had yet to be served. Hunger and fatigue, the common bewitching hour triggers, took hold of us all. And tantrums were had. Right there in our car, still far from home. I vacillated between…

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Kindergarten and the return of the monster tantrum

It happened on Monday. Something I often counsel parents about and logically, I can see exactly how and why it happens. I just wasn’t prepared for it to happen to me. In broad daylight. With what felt like a million eyes all on me. I came face to face with a monster of a tantrum….

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